A nice luxurious meal in a beautiful place. What could be better?
A room for the night just up the stairs or down a manicured path, that's what. Destination restaurants within inns or hotels are a luxury in and of themselves, the perfect pit stop for a mini, gustatory summer getaway.
Bardessono and Bardessono Restaurant
Bardessono is like a summer night's dream, full of eco-chic soft woods, inviting sunning and swimming areas and seasonal cocktails. A LEED-certified luxury hotel (one of only three such hotels in the world), Bardessono also features its own restaurant, where Chef Sean O'Toole is committed to all things seasonal and locally sourced. That includes goodies from the hotel's own garden, which guests are invited to forage. Dinner options are listed under categories - "Field and Forest," "Ocean" or "Pasture and Range." The bar and wine list highlight organic, sustainable and biodynamic producers.
6526 Yount St., Yountville, 204-6000, www.bardessono.com.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Sante Restaurant
This sprawling luxury resort has everything one can imagine on its gigantic, thoughtful property. But lately the draw has been Sante, its in-house restaurant (open to the public) where Chef Andrew Cain has been racking up awards and accolades, including a Michelin star. Expect locally inspired Sonoma foie gras, grilled quail, Kobe beef, roasted Sonoma duck and Bellwether Farm ricotta as well as cerebral experiments like a chilled asparagus soup "espresso." Winemaker dinners are held once a month.
100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 938-9000, www.fairmont.com/sonoma.